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The COVID-19 Diaries

29 April 2020: Volunteering

The Stories of Our Times podcast is interrupted by my ringtone. I fight my way through the empty bags hanging off my arms to reach the back pocket of my shorts. “Hello?” “Rihanna?” I wince at the common mispronunciation. “Yes?” I already know who it is. “It’s Pam” “Hi Pam!” I tilt my head and …

The COVID-19 Diaries

25th March 2020: Locked Down

It’s day two of lockdown. Or, perhaps, hopefully-as-locked-down-as-it’s-going-to-get; best manage our expectations. Social distancing and self-isolating are lodged into vocabulary like they’ve been around forever. The phrase ‘when it’s all over’ needs no further explanation. The world has changed so rapidly that time is, paradoxically, passing extremely slowly. Surely it’s not only a few days …